What We Do

our mission

Our mission is to educate a diverse generation of citizens, stewards, and leaders through immersive courses in the communities and wildlands of S’íx’ Tlein (Icy Strait) and Sít’ Eeti Gheeyí (Glacier Bay).

We explore our home through the liberal arts and scientific inquiry, hands-on work and sustainable harvest, community events, hiking and paddling, and honoring Tlingit culture and values.

Discovering lifeways both innovative and ancient, we learn to serve and lead, to heal and connect, and to tackle timeless questions and urgent global challenges.

our programs

Glacier Bay Year. The Glacier Bay Year is a six-month gap year experience for young people ages 18-24. Focused around the three pillars of academics, labor, and self-governance, the Glacier Bay Year immerses students in the rhythms of Alaskan lifeways while allowing them to earn college credit for their experience. Learn more.

Short Courses. Run in collaboration with colleges, universities, high schools, and nonprofits, Tidelines Institute short courses welcome visiting student groups for 1-3 week intensive courses at our Inian Islands and Gustavus campuses. We always look forward to hearing from prospective partners! Learn more.

Community Workshops. For locals and visitors to the town of Gustavus, Tidelines Institute offers weekend workshops that teach valuable Alaskan skills. From Wilderness First Aid to food preservation, our workshops provide opportunities for community members to both learn and teach. Learn more.

Scientific Research. Our twin campuses in Gustavus and on the Inian Islands make an ideal home base for researchers studying this dynamic region. Each year we welcome scientists from across the disciplines to use our facilities as they conduct their research. Learn more.

Better World Residency. In the quiet months of the Alaskan off-season, our Inian Islands campus makes the perfect retreat for individuals needing time and space for a deep dive into a meaningful project. We invite applications to our new residency program from any individual 18+ working to advance knowledge, beauty, justice, health, or sustainability. Learn more.